Mayor Likely to Veto Parking Ticket Legislation

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The City Council passed three pieces of legislation Wednesday that would ease parking regulations — but Mayor Michael Bloomberg has indicated he will veto at least one of them: a bill that says traffic agents can cancel a ticket if shown a Muni-Meter receipt that’s less than five minutes old.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called the bill "common sense" and said it aims to ameliorate a recurrent problem for many New Yorkers.

"Right now, there aren't any meters by your car right now," Quinn told WNYC. "So you gotta get out of your car. You gotta walk over to the Muni-Meter. Pay the Muni-Meter. Walk back to your car to put the receipt in the windshield. That takes time. And right now, in those two or three or four minutes you can get a ticket. That's unfair."

But the mayor's office doesn't see it that way.

"It increases the likelihood of on-street confrontations with Traffic Agents and creates a system that is ripe for abuse.” said Marc LaVorgna, a spokesperson for the mayor's office. He said the mayor intends to veto it.

A two-thirds majority is required to override a mayoral veto, which Quinn said she easily has.

The Council passed two other pieces of parking legislation Wednesday. One requires 30 days to elapse before late fees start accruing on parking violations.

The mayor's office said he'll support that legislation — but he's still reviewing another bill, which would end the practice of putting stickers on vehicles that have violated alternate side rules.

Both passed City Council unanimously.

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Comments [2]

Eric McClure from Planet Earth

Here's my secret technique for avoiding getting a ticket when parking and using a Muni-Meter, and I'm willing to share it with WNYC blog readers just this once.

1) Park car.
2) Exit car.
3) [Pay careful attention - this is key] Look up and down block to see if a traffic enforcement agent is in the vicinity.
4a) If no traffic agent is around, obtain receipt.
4b) If a traffic agent is around, wait for agent to approach, say "I'm going to get my receipt," and obtain receipt.
5) Place receipt on dashboard, proper side up.

Complicated? Sure. But worth avoiding a ticket. And with just a little practice, New York City's poor, put-upon drivers can avoid parking tickets just like I do.

Jan. 18 2012 10:06 PM
Steve from Brooklyn

I know of no other ticket or bill one can be 29 days late on and not expect to be fined or charged interest. Why are drivers unable to pay parking tickets on time and why do they need a break if they're late? My landlord isn't as forgiving as the City Council.

And if you don't want a sticker on your car the answer is simple: move it when you're supposed to.

Doesn't our city council have more important issues to tackle?

Jan. 18 2012 08:00 PM

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